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  1. It's been a while since I've been on here, and I've been as busy as I could be. The car has went from a chassis, to having a major-ly cracked 327 straight eight, to now having a nice rebuildable '47 356. Since talking to some SU carb guys, I've drifted off on the subject of fuel injection, and am now 99% sure I'll be using a 1986 Mercedes K-Jetronic fuel system. Now the old pile 'o parts looks like this: I have also got into the business of building HEI units for these engines: http://lh5.ggpht.com/_a1KseX7Y2Es/SsVph5zA9wI/AAAAAAAAC9E/SlNfftle5S4/s640/IMG_3893.JPG[/img] The 356 engine is a little taller than the 327 I had in there, but it all fits under the hood, and the turbo's have room to stick out the side: http://lh6.ggpht.com/_a1KseX7Y2Es/St96U-RX4oI/AAAAAAAAC-4/KqyNKVksRH0/s640/IMG_3918.JPG[/img] http://lh6.ggpht.com/_a1KseX7Y2Es/St96aDx6lXI/AAAAAAAAC_M/VoYghy3WW9s/s640/IMG_3919.JPG[/img] It's been going pretty well so far, but now it's getting cold weather again so it's time to go back to shopping for parts. I'll keep you all updated as it progresses!
  2. I recently won another pair of HS6's on Ebay, and now I finally have my full set of carbs for the Speedster. A little more work on the manifold flange that I'm building to adapt a pair of blockhugger small block Chevy headers to the Packard block for the exhaust, and four 1&1/2" OD X 1&3/4 ID X 10" long pipes for the "intake" side, and I'll have my new manifold pretty much done. (You can see this flange bolted to the engine here) I have to port match the flange to all the ports, there's twelve of them, and it takes me about an hour and a half to do each one, so far, the hardest part of the project! I can't complain though, this project is moving along rather nicely!
  3. A little update on my project, I recently found a new cowl for the Speedster, and have decided to update the rear suspension to a Lincoln MkVIII independent rear, which I still need to find. http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/WOxCItEr4lahuX2ZzUbWsg?feat=directlink http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/8R04QTSW7HD3R-sEqNDBYg?feat=directlink http://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/lRNqkHhaBDW388EXpV9Yvg?feat=directlink I haven't given up on the E85 and SU carbs, it's still the main plan of this car. I just need to find a pair of HS6's cheaply so I can have a set of 4 for that long ol' straight eight!
  4. I honestly haven't done anything to the car lately, as it's been pretty cold in Kansas.
  5. Oh yes, everything will be cleaned and painted, no "rat rods" here! 8)
  6. Small update, I've got the engine in, and I'm currently working on configuring the turbo's. Here's a few pics: Turbo mockup, there will be another one to the rear of this one: http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/uploads/newbb/34_48d210984e078.jpg[/img] http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/uploads/newbb/34_48d210d59eab1.jpg[/img] Original 1925 Packard grille shell: http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/uploads/newbb/34_489bf73acf809.jpg[/img] The seats fold forward for access into the boat tail: http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/uploads/newbb/34_489bf7c1ebbd8.jpg[/img]
  7. Well, I finally got the chassis home today, and tomorrow we'll be going to pick up the engine. Here's a few pics: http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/uploads/newbb/34_4882656e7a81e.jpg[/img] http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/uploads/newbb/34_488265a758e7a.jpg[/img] http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/uploads/newbb/34_4882a83530ee1.jpg[/img] http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/uploads/newbb/34_4882a84027485.jpg[/img]
  8. No, I don't work for an ethanol company, I work for an aircraft company. Corporate sponsorship would allow me to do more to the car than I'll be able to on my present budget.
  9. Thanks for all the info and enthusiasm guys! I do have some little HS2 carbs I can drop into a jar of E85 to test, if they get destroyed it won't matter to me. Dan, if you only knew what it took to find a Packard chassis that was usable! The list of parts I've acquired so far is: a 1937 Packard 115c chassis, a 1953 Packard 9 main 327 straight eight and 3sp O/D trans, the top shifter off of the '37 trans to convert the '53 trans to floor shift, a 1925 Packard radiator shell and headlights, and finally, the pair of SU carbs. I have other odds and ends, but this is the main "pile" I have so far. Like I said, all the fuel system components I'll have to buy, so that's no problem. Corey, thanks for the link to the nickel plating, I've been thinking of doing something like that for all my little parts anyway.
  10. Unfortunately, that's not my car. I'm just wanting to emulate it. Currently, my ride looks like this: http://packardinfo.com/xoops/html/uploads/newbb/34_47f9c3d20e4cf.jpg[/img] This is why I'm thinking of doing this now, while the thing is in the development stage, and not later when it's all done. I have to rebuild the engine, run the fuel lines, configure the turbos and carbs, etc. So now is the time to decide if I'm going to head this way. I really want to use E85, so if my SU's won't work, I'll have to find another pair of carbs. The only problem is, almost all the needles and jets in any carb are made of brass.
  11. I'm located in Wichita, Ks. We have at least 3 stations that sell E85, but I haven't checked prices lately. And it figures, the needle and jet are brass. The floats are plastic, although I don't know what kind. This is what I'm aiming for: As for the TBI, I really don't want to do that, for the reasons you stated.
  12. Hello all, Turbopackman here, and I've got a simple question. I'm building a straight eight Packard engine with twin turbochargers and a pair of HS6 SU carbs. My plan is to configure the engine for use with E85, as it's relatively easy to come by here in Kansas. My main question is, with all the talk of the corrosive properties of E85, are SU carbs capable of using it? All the other fuel system components are not a problem, as I'm buying everything new anyway.
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